|To:||"chris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <Towertalk@contesting.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Next step in installing tower: underground power|
|From:||"K8RI on Tower Talk" <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sun, 9 Jan 2005 20:17:29 -0500|
I rented a "trencher" which is like an over size chain saw on a heavy frame
and 4 wheels.|
It digs a 4 or 5 inch wide trench up to around 3 1/2 feet deep. It took about an hour to dig the 140 feet from the house to the power pole and that includes crossing a wide, hard packed, two lane drive way. I don't remember the cost, but it was less than a $100 for the afternoon. If needed the same piece of equipment could be used with either a 12" or 16" auger.
I put together about 140 feet of PVC conduit with a messenger cable inside . I then pushed it into the trench and we covered it back up although I threw in another 3/4" conduit about a foot below the surface with a messenger cable in it as well. Consumers Power used my messenger to pull in a much larger one and then pulled in their *big* cables. This past Fall I signed up for a cable internet connection and they pulled the coax in through the 3/4" conduit.
Roger Halstead (K8RI, EN73 & ARRL Life Member) N833R, World's Oldest Debonair (S# CD-2) www.rogerhalstead.com
Now that I have the excavation for the base completed, the next step is underway. I am digging the trench to have my electric service drop put underground. This will prevent anything that may fall from the tower from falling into the power lines.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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